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Offline Mamoru
Edwin Miltenburg

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« on: October 22, 2010, 10:56:09 am »

Currently verification of the client on Windows needs the help of third party software.
Many Windows users are unfamiliar with the importance of this verification and skip it.

It is possible to compare the MD5 of the installer to the one on the site with an NSIS plug-in. (Simplest plug-in) (Bigger plug-in, this page contains more info and examples)
Offline Cleo
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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2010, 12:10:17 pm »

Well, if someone is running Windows chances are they won't care either way. The process is mainly useful so you don't get a corrupted version of the download (MD5); if the installer got corrupted, chances are it won't run anyway. The process of SHA1 is so you can be sure the downloaded file is what it claims to be -- mainly used with mirrors. A mirror could just change the installer script with the different SHA1/MD5 anyway.
Offline NiteStar

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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2010, 10:28:19 am »

It would be nice to have the installer verify that the file has been downloaded correctly, though ... once in a blue moon I'll install a program where the installer verifies all of the files in the archives and comes across a corrupted archive. Re-downloading the installation package usually fixes the situation. :)
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